Caterpillar-like eyebrows or brows drawn to painstaking perfection are old news. Bushy brows have also had their time under the limelight, as have some experimental glitter-filled brows that have got the Insta-world buzzing. If bold, whacky and extreme are all passé now, then what’s the latest trend? Natural looking, filled-in eyebrows — that’s your answer.
To own your brow game like a pro, you’ll need to know a few tricks. And for that, we’ve got your back.
Here are simple ways to fill-in those irritating gaps and get the eyebrow shape you desire without investing in high-end beauty products.
Temporary fillers: Adding shadow
Ditch those eyebrow pencils that can look too sharp and fake on your face, especially if your eyebrow hair is sparse. Invest in an angled brush (the kind you use to draw winged eyeliner) and pick up your go-to eyeshadow palette to create your brows. Go for colours that are closest to your natural hair tone otherwise they might come off looking artificial. Choosing the right colour could even include combining two shades till you get the hue of your preference. Now use the angled brush to fill in. To avoid a cakey look, use your fingers to brush off the excess.
Setting gels and shapers
If you have the tendency to pluck a lot, your brows might look uneven, and you don’t want that when you are just about to step out. Use aloevera gel or even a transparent gel to set your brows and use an eyebrow comb (easily available in the market) to comb out the hair. This trick is useful if you have unruly brow hair. You can even use a spoolie to set your brows, as it can help you create shape and balance out the volume.
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Vlogger Desi Perkins uses a Brow Finisher (setting gel) to separate her brow hair and create a base. (YouTube)
Drawing and shaping your brows perfectly might seem taxing to some, but if you know how to cover up the little glitches, you’d be all sorted! Remember that trick to make your browbone stand out so your face looks more structured/angular? Time to repeat it! Use a concealer, flesh-toned baked eyeshadow or a nude pencil to fill in the area just under your eyebrows. This will not only highlight the area and give your brows a natural lift, but will also make your filled-in eyebrows look neater and more structured.
Social media favourite Janice Joostemaa is known for her thick brows. Over-plucked and tweezed brows are out of fashion. (Instagram)
What not to do when you pluck
Over-tweezing is as much a nightmare as having coarse, lonesome brow hair sprouts. To avoid plucking too much and ending up with unbalanced brows, use a makeup pencil to outline your brows so you know what area not to trespass with your tweezers when grooming. Even though it’s not vital to always run to the salon to put your brows through the stress of threading, every other month an expert’s hand can help set your eyebrows.
Don’t be afraid to experiment
The exact reason to include makeup into your brow routine is this — your hair won’t grow out or grow back in a jiffy, but you can always play around with makeup to make them look to your liking. Then again, while eyeshadow might work for you, it might not be a solution for someone else. So, always undergo a trial run at least a few hours (or days) before you need to groom your brows for that all-important outing.